Sultanate records one new imported COVID-19 case

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam recorded one new imported COVID-19 case yesterday after 31 days without any cases, bringing the total number to 149.

Despite the new import case, Brunei continued its streak of 201 days without any local COVID-19 infections.

Details of the latest COVID-19 case in Brunei Darussalam was shared by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar in a press conference at the Al-‘Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said Case 149 is a woman aged 37 who arrived in Brunei Darussalam on Royal Brunei BI874 flight on November 11 via Kuala Lumpur from India. She showed no signs of infection and is being treated at the National Isolation Centre.

“The contact tracing at present has identified a total of four (4) contacts of which three have undergone the COVID-19 swab test and were confirmed negative for COVID-19, while one remaining contact is still awaiting test results,” he added.

With the detection of the latest case, he said, “A total of eight import cases have been confirmed since the last local infection case was reported on May 6. At present, Brunei Darussalam has recorded 201 days without local COVID-19 infection cases”.

A total of 145 cases have recovered.

On the updates of individuals under quarantine, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said 570 are undergoing mandatory self-isolation at government monitoring centres, comprising individuals that have just arrived in the country from abroad. Currently, 8,270 individuals have completed their mandatory self-isolation at the monitoring centres.

In the past 24 hours, he said that a total of 151 samples have been tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, bringing the total number of laboratory tests conducted since January to 75,632.

Healthinfo.gov.bn revealed that there have been 114 cases in the Brunei-Muara District, 29 in the Belait District and six in the Tutong District.

Information can be obtained from the MoH website at www.moh.gov.bn, Health Advice Line at 148 or through the BruHealth app or healthinfo.gov.bn web app.